Tech Street: Five Mobile Apps For Women’s Safety So You Have Help At Hand, Always

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Gone are the days when women could feel safe with a safety pin tucked away in the folds of one’s fabric or a pepper spray hidden in the recesses of one’s purse! Crime against women has taken a heinous turn with the number of rapes and gang rapes increasing in the country. What can we, as women do to curb this alarming situation? A number of Safety Apps for women have sprung up in the wake of the brutal incidents against women that shook India. Below are some of the apps that can act as a life-saver in times of danger!

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ICE- Mumbai Police
The recent gang rape in Mumbai has taken off the comforting blanket of women’s safety from Mumbai. In an attempt to curb the onslaught of violence against women, The Mumbai Police has developed an android App called ICE- ‘In Case of Emergency’.
Key features
• Multilingual app- available in English, Hindi, Marathi
• Send SOS message in one touch
• Tips of personal and cyber safety
• Access to guidelines for disaster preparations, first    aid, police, ambulance numbers
• Find the nearest hospitals automatically based on your GPS location. Also, search for hospitals across major cities in the country
• Store critical information useful during emergency such as Contact details of Family members, Doctors and SOS contacts, Current and past medication, Blood group, Allergies etc
Advantages
• Easy to Use
Disadvantages
• Huge storage space of 10.46 MB required 

vithU

VithU – Channel V
Crime against women have prodded Channel [V] to take initiative and develop an App with an eye on Woman’s safety.
Key features
• A message, along with the location details is sent to pre-loaded contacts on tapping the Power icon on the screen twice.
• The App also sends out general updates on the Crime Scene in India.
• An option ‘Tips Feed’ gives safety tips in case of emergency situations.
• There is an alert option for the Crime Show Gumrah that sends a reminder to watch it when it is aired.
Advantages
• Quick & Discreet
Disadvantages
• GPS & Internet needs to be turned ON always for tracking location. This will drain battery faster.
• The Panic button could be triggered by mistake also.
• Accessible only on high end Android phone. 

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Bachao
Three women- Chinmayee S K, Ankita Herurkar, and Sanik Sahasrabuddhe- have decided to take a bat for woman’s safety. They developed ‘Bachchao’- an Android App designed to trigger SOS alert in case of emergency.
Key Features
• Location Coordinates can be sent to preloaded contacts by pressing a red button in the app.
• The app supports video recording which can act as digital witness.
• The alarm SMS can be read even in the most basic of phones.
• There is provision to update your family of your location on an hourly basis.
Advantages
• Less Storage Space required and easy to use.
Disadvantages
• Available only in android as of now.

iFollow

iFollow-Ladies safety
Developed by Aucupa Innovative Solutions, this App is one of the ‘Nasscom sponsored ‘FameApp contest’ award winning safety app and is available for both android and Apple smart phones.
Key Features
• Victim has to shake the phone thrice in a span of five seconds and a call is placed to the first contact person stored.
• If he/she doesn’t respond to the call iFollow will shoot an SMS along with your geographical location to select personal contacts (max 3).
• After the first message, on every ten meters change in location, the  app will send SOS distress message with new location details
Advantages
• Consumes less power and CPU usage.
Disadvantages
• This app will fail in case of zero balance. 

Spot n Save

Spot N Save Feel Secure
Spot N Save’ has come up with this App to give peace to parents and relatives when their loved ones are out.
Key Features
• On double tapping the smart phone power button, the app will send SOS messages to pre-saved mobile numbers every two minutes with the current location.
• The App is also compatible with a wristband via Bluetooth. If the phone is not accessible, the user can click the buttons on the band twice to activate the app.
Advantages
• Reduced dependency on the handset to activate the SOS alert in case of emergency
• Automatic notifications are sent to pre-saved numbers in case of low battery or when you leave network coverage.
Disadvantages
• Hazards of accidental triggering
• Reduced personal privacy because of continuous tracking.

All said and done, do keep that safety pin and the pepper spray with you during your outing, girls. Cherish your freedom, fight for it, protect it because as the saying goes ‘better safe, than sorry’!

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Parvathi Ramanandan
An obsessive compulsive click-o-maniac and passionate reader, writing is something that I always wanted to do. Loves the sound of rain on earth and strongly believes that while love drives the world; beauty and only beauty is the reason that the world is!